New Haven, Conn., post office in jeopardy of closing

SteveBlog One of the few postal facilities in New Haven, Conn., might soon be closing.  The United States Postal Service has circulated a notice to post office box users that the Federal Station facility on Chapel Street in downtown New Haven is being considered for closure, due in part to a lack of use.

That notice said in part, “… office workload has declined, due in part to vacant post office boxes, as well as the continuous decline in mail volume.”  The notice also said maintenance of the facility is “not cost-effective.”

The closure would leave the downtown area with only one official postal facility, which is getting pushback from New Haven Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro who said shutting this facility would “remove New Haven residents and businesses from USPS services.”  Read more.

It’s not clear from the article if the Postal Service has initiated a discontinuance procedure or if it is using some other process. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released this statement:

“New Haven lost the USPS Federal Station in the Giaimo Federal Building in April 2006 when it was closed due to renovations. At the time, the USPS vowed to reopen this location upon completion. Unfortunately, USPS failed to deliver on that promise, instead opening a P.O. Box only substitute on Chapel Street. Closing the Chapel Street location breaks another promise and further removes New Haven residents and businesses from USPS services.”

“If USPS moves forward with closing this location on Chapel Street, they should immediately act to open a full service Post Office in downtown New Haven. A centrally located facility has the ability to serve a permanent population of approximately 7,500 and a daytime population of over 40,000.With the increase of residents and businesses downtown—along with an economy that is continuing to grow—it is certainly a reasonable and fair request.”